By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
Although motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of crashes, officials say they make up nearly 13 percent of all Indiana traffic deaths.
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames said drivers should be more alert to motorcyclists on the roadways. He notes that more than half of motorcycle crashes last year involved another vehicle, with the other driver at fault a majority of the time.
Drivers should follow these tips while sharing the road:
The ISP and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute remind all motorists to share the road, as more bikers are out enjoying the warmer weather.
Ames said motorcyclists should realize that obtaining a license or endorsement can mean avoiding a crass later. He suggests they prepare for and pass the Bureau of Motor Vehicles motorcycle skills and riding test or to successfully complete an approved motorcycle safety course.
Statistics show more than half of motorcycle operators who crashed last year did not have a driver’s license or a motorcycle endorsement.
Also, simply wearing a helmet could mean the difference between life and death.
Motorcyclists age 18 or younger and those with a motorcycle learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet in Indiana.
Meanwhile, Ames reminds everyone to pay attention at all times.
"Never drive distracted or impaired," he said.
The Terre Haute Police Department is seeking information on the whereabouts of a local man wanted in connection to multiple business robberies.
Isaiah J Brown, 26, of Terre Haute, has warrants for four counts of burglary; four counts of theft; four counts of criminal mischief; and one count of resisting law enforcement -- all from multiple burglaries to local businesses, according to the THPD.
Call the department with information on the suspect.
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